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I think we figured out our ninja turtle equals. Colin, our no-nonsense Leonardo decided to embarrass us with a quiz about British sayings. Nappy? Agony Aunt? Listen to our attempt to mind the American-British gap. And let's play another round of "BRAD PITT? OR LASERS?!" Dana, our brainy Donatello takes us into the world of cheesily-titled Lifetime movies, and a quiz about famous Freds. Chris, our cool but rude Raphael, throws abbreviation puzzles at us, and challenge us to an alliterative "Movie Moniker" game. And Karen, the party-hearty Michelangelo has some questions about honest slogans about famous brands.

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You said that you wanted to find the original list. It was written by Will Shortz back when he was working for Games Magazine, then rapidly shared as xero-lore.

September 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Here's some love for the "trashback" joke.

I loved it.

I LOL'd.


September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJD Sutter

Colin! A lido to be specific is an outdoor swimming pool which isn't that common in the UK due to the unpredictable weather. Also pronouciation-wise, it's not pronounced LEE-doe and more LIE-doe. Hope this helps if you ever end up in a lido in the UK!

September 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel

Um, actually, a British listener here and I have some disputes with your British words list. Mean might once have meant stingy, but I have to go with Karen, it means a-hole, they're unpleasant and unkind. Also, I have never heard gooseberry used that way, it just means someone who's a bit of an idiot (though it's a bit of an affectionate way to say that). Finally, while boffin is often used for scientists it actually refers generally to someone very smart, particularly an expert.

Otherwise, excellent as always guys! Keep it up.

September 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Sutton

(I can't believe I'm writing this.)

I have SEEN Crimes of Passion - She Woke Up Pregnant, about a woman who falls victim to a sexual predator dentist who takes advantage of his gassed patients.

Imagine a college afternoon where you and your roommate, both straight college guys who love nothing more than MacGyver, Iron Chef, and SportsCenter, have NOTHING better to do than watch some odd Lifetime movie because (I sincerely hope) nothing else was on. Then your girlfriend who, by the way, enjoys such fine programming as Invader Zim and Looney Tunes comes over. And watches it with you. And no one thinks to reach for the remote during these entire 2 hours.

We were sober. Swear to God. To this very day I don't know what in the world possessed us to watch that entire movie.

September 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFelix Cartwright

Another British listener here. Have to disagree with Matt's comment, gooseberry is used to describe a "3rd wheel". Not sure about your asertion that theatre reviews that bomb are shows that are doing well. Pretty sure that bombing means they're doing badly so same meaning this side of the pond as in US. Love the podcast - helps get me through a boring London commute. Thanks for a great show.

September 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

am actually, Oscar Wilde was Irish not British.

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